SPECIALIZATION, CONCENTRATION OR MINOR FOR THE UNDERGRADUATE’ INTERIOR DESIGN MAJORS
Ajman University of Science & Technology (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2015 Proceedings
Publication year: 2015
Conference name: 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2015
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:Interior Design responds to the welfare of the human race. It is the creation of a full interior environment, with respect to function requirements, in an ergonomic and aesthetic manner for enhancing human life. As more technology that is new and more developments occur in life, there is a constant flow of new data and information in this field.
Therefore, Interior Design Education should seek constant development, in order to maintain the international levels required to meet the market needs. An Interior Design Major, educationally, becomes more important and needs to include descending fields of studies and sub-studies. Trends play a significant role in introducing such studies, particularly those from last decade; hence, each has a specific purpose, which serves a particular gap depending on the market needs.
Objectives: Nowadays, options for further studies, including “Specialization Studies”, “Concentration Studies” and “Minor Studies”, are offer at the undergraduates’ level. As science and information are constantly growing and evolving, it is important to classify these studies, to help reinforce our future interior designers, especially in the Interior Design Program at Ajman University of Science and Technology.
A clear definition of each study is necessary in order to achieve the best and most appropriate classification, and to define the research case study. A Minor gives extra curricula tools, calling for fewer courses or credits than the major study, offered to other Majors. An Architectural Design Major, for example, can benefit from an Interior Design Minor that gives more opportunities to architecture graduates and reduce interior design graduate, their chances in the employment industry.
Concentration is crucial for interior design studies, as science evolves and develops, and data and information are constantly expanding. This means the current courses do not always cover new data, and deeper studies in most major courses are needed, to reach the level of a professional interior designer.
Concerning Specialization, which is the chosen area of expertise, this helps to become a professional interior designer in a specific field, generally enabling more branches of interior design studies to be fruitful. This type of specialization study focuses much more on specific areas. In fact, specialization does respond to the growth of science and technology, it comes at the next level of concentration studies.
Methodology: the research will follow an analytic approach to reach proper classification: Specialization, Concentration and Minor, the benefits and the constraints of each, in relation to the Interior Design Majors. However, clear definitions and comparisons are important in order to identify the best options for further studies for our Interior Design Undergraduates. With these points in mind, the research will take different paths to assess the advantages and the disadvantages of each: minor, concentration and specialization.
Conclusions: discussions of the pros and cons are crucial to ascertain the benefits for a qualified future interior designer. These should set guidelines and recommendations for any interior design program. In addition, this study will propose a sample of the most relevant type of studies for the interior design program at Ajman University, either as Concentration Studies or Specialization Studies. It is important to clarify such topics, in order to protect their future job markets.
Keywords: Interior Design Minor, Interior Design Concentration, Interior Design Specializations, Interior Design Study.